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A space feels like home when we’ve worked our magic, ensuring that the spaces are perfectly proportioned, the lighting is impeccable, the fabrics are beautiful, the furnishings are comfortable, and the ambiance is inviting. But, because a great house is never truly finished, we love working with several generations of the same family to keep it fresh, exciting, and inviting.
— BRUCE KADING
 

In the world of Bruce Kading Interior Design, classical antiquities effortlessly converse with contemporary art, priceless family heirlooms cohabit with flea market finds, and parquet is perfect for skateboarding.

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Whether Bruce and his team are designing an elegant San Francisco maison or an expansive Wyoming ranch, every space is both pedigreed and playful, soigné and stylish, cozy and comfortable.

Bruce and his team love collaborating with clients and their architect and builder to design timeless signature properties. They excel at designing extremely complex projects for exceptionally private clients. Whether the project is a glamorous brownstone in New York’s Gramercy Park neighborhood or a hunting lodge in Wisconsin, they bring the highest levels of sophistication, discretion, and integrity to every project.

 
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Bruce Kading

ASID, CID

Favorite Part of the Design Process
I love brainstorming with our clients and their builder, architect and landscape architect, sharing thoughts and dreams and developing the plans on paper, complete with all the detailing that will make the home special and unique. This is second only to seeing the project come together, presenting it to the client and sharing all the joys and excitement!

Defining Design Moment
I think I was evidently destined to be an interior designer because at the age of 12, I would rearrange all the living room furniture when my mom was out of the house. She'd usually leave my arrangement but occasionally chastise me for moving the piano too far and not vacuuming as I worked! From then on, interior design was my focus and my passion! 

Designers I Admire
Oh, there are so many! I’ve always admired the classicism of Sister Parish, Albert Hadley and Michael Taylor. I respect the simplicity and ability to think outside the box of Billy Baldwin and Vicente Wolf, and I love the work of Thomas O’Brien and Thomas Pheasant. Their look is totally “now” but rooted in historical designs of the past.

Top Destinations
Again, there are so many! When I find the time to sit down and make a scrapbook, it'll be filled with photos from my trips to Paris, Florence and Tuscany, the Cotswolds and Bath in England, and Korea, which has a whole different dynamic of understated simplicity. I'll need a second scrapbook for my visits to historic homes including Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, Mount Vernon in Virginia, the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, Ca d’Zan and Vizcaya in Florida, and Glensheen in Duluth, of course. On one memorable trip to Newport, Rhode Island, I visited 18 Gilded Age “summer cottages” in four days without stopping for lunch. Each night, I'd return to my hotel, hungry, exhausted and exhilarated!

Dream Project
I love restoring and freshening grand old mansions and estates, being sensitive to their history without replicating the past. It's so rewarding to infuse these homes with vitality while making them relevant to the 21st century. 

If I Weren’t an Interior Designer
I could happily be a landscaper, a gardener, photographer or fine antique dealer, but nothing compares to being an interior designer. I love what I do!


Eric Kaufmann

Allied ASID

Favorite Part of the Design Process
I love hunting for fabrics, accessories and other products. When I was very young, my parents took me antiquing and thrifting, so I learned how to dig and examine an item in detail, as most things suffer or shine, depending on where they happen to be!

Defining Design Moment
I remember walking through a home my grandparents were building when I was nine years old. Initially, it all looked like a big open space with a forest of 2x4s. But, as I listened to my grandmother explain what each room was and why she had planned things certain ways, I saw it all spring to life, fully finished and furnished. My ability to visual spaces has been with me ever since.

Designers I Admire
I will always have a soft spot for Frank Lloyd Wright—the scale, lines and proportions of his structures always elicit an emotional reaction. I also admire Nate Berkus, as I share his belief that a home is much more interesting when the accessories or furnishings reflect a person’s personality, experiences and their own life story.

Top Destinations
Puerto Rico is one of my favorite vacation destinations. I love snorkeling in the warm blue Caribbean waters, exploring ancient caves, hiking in rain forests and wandering around the brightly colored, European scaled city of San Juan. The architecture and blue cobblestones are fantastic!

Dream Project
I would love to restore an elegant Federal-style home in Georgetown with a trove of family antiques and furnishings stashed away in the attic! I admire how the Kennedys restored the White House. They brought back historical fireplaces and other elements while allowing the house to reflect the times they lived in.

If I Weren’t an Interior Designer
If I hadn't taken a leap to follow my passion and get my design degree, I might still be toiling away in an office! 

 
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Lindy Luopa

Allied ASID

Favorite Part of the Design Process
I love putting the “bones” of a design together by selecting tiles, flooring, countertops and other finishes. From there, I enjoy layering colors and textures with paint colors, wallcoverings and fabrics. I also love adding a touch of whimsy and unexpected details as they provide a sense of exploration and discovery.

Defining Design Moment
I learned about floor plans while in elementary school. I was thrilled with the idea of being able to “take off the roof” and view our built world from an entirely different vantage point. I spent a great deal of time crafting plans from sketches, Legos and even fallen autumn leaves. These plans allowed me to view integration, traffic flow, and furniture placement and I was hooked.

Designers I Admire
That's like asking me to pick my favorite color—I appreciate too many to choose just one! But, I will say that I'm a fan of Charles and Ray Eames. I admire their boldness in design and I have the utmost respect for their multi-faceted contributions to furniture, industrial design, architecture and photography. 

Top Destinations
My travel bucket list is extensive, so anywhere I have not yet discovered!

Dream Project
A personal project that tugs at my heart strings - redesigning and remodeling our family farm house in northern Minnesota, which has been lovingly handed down through generations.

If I Weren’t an Interior Designer
I'd work in animal welfare or professional dog training. My favorite activity is competing with Charlie, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix, and Olive, my golden retriever, in agility trials!

 
Craig Hoffman

Craig Hoffman

Favorite Part of the Design Process
I love getting to know clients and their families and figuring out how great design can make them happier than they’ve ever been.

Defining Design Moment
When I was in college, I learned that architect/designer Marcel Breuer thought up the very simple, comfortable chairs, the solid wooden tables and the bright, airy room in which I sat, tucked under an enormous sheltering concrete ‘tree’ that held up the roof. I realized that Breuer made my life better every single day and I thought “I want to do that.” To this day, I still get a little thrill when I see a Breuer chair!

Designers I Admire
History and tradition are so important and I really connect with designers who are bending timeless influences to their own will today. I have so much admiration for British designer Rose Uniacke and French designer Jean-Louis Deniot. They have almost opposite approaches to what I really love: drama, color and comfort that insinuates.

Top Destinations
I love New Orleans for its insistence that sheer joy is a part of everyday life, Provincetown for the idea that an ever-changing group of suitable misfits can make paradise at the end of the road, and Paris because it’s my city—ask me anything about the City of Light!

Dream Project
I know of a virtually abandoned 1930s penthouse in Paris. With a magnificent hidden terrace, It’s just waiting to be transformed into a Napoleonic steamship!

If I Weren’t an Interior Designer
I’d be an exterior designer, bien sur

 

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Lady Cassandra

Studio muse

Favorite Part of the Design Process 
I adore observing the rare architectural artifacts that flow in and out of the studio from across the globe. I never know what exotic part of the world the next treasure will be from!

Defining Design Moment
When Bruce and his team adopted me and gave me pride of place in the studio.

Artists I Admire
I owe my very existence to Jamali, artist and founder of Mythical Expressionism, who painted me.

Top Destinations
The Rajasthan Desert in India, where Jamali found inspiration in Sufi dancing, and Jamali's galleries in Soho, NYC and Winter Park and Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

If I Wasn't a Painting 
I'd find great satisfaction in being a magnificent stone sculpture, honored with the task of chaperoning guests through the entrance of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.